Dayananda Saraswati



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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Swami Dayananda Saraswati
Function: 
Guru
Traditions: 
Advaita Vedanta
Main Countries of Activity: 
India, USA
Date of Birth: 
1930
Place of Birth: 
Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu, India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Yes
Ancestor Gurus: 

Biography

Swami Dayananda Saraswati is a traditional teacher of Vedanta. His well acquaintance with the western culture makes him be a teacher who can communicate the vision of non-duality to modern listeners.

Swami Dayananda has been teaching Vedanta in India for more than four decades, and around the world since 1976. In his public talks abroad, he has spoken at many american universities, and has addressed international conventions, UNESCO and the United Nations, where he participated in the Millennium Peace Summit.

A teacher of teachers, Swami Dayananda designed and taught six resident in-depth Vedanta courses, each spanning 30 to 36 months. Four were conducted in India, and two in the United States. Each course graduated about 60 qualified acharyas, teachers, who are now teaching around the world. More than one hundred are now swamis and are highly respected as scholars and teachers throughout India and abroad.

Under Swami Dayananda’s guidance, several centers for Vedic teaching have been founded around the world. The two main centers in India are the Arsha Vidya Ashram in Rishikesh and the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Coimbatore. In the U.S., the main center is the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam at Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. At present there are at least sixty centers in India and abroad that carry on the same tradition of Vedantic teaching.

In addition to teaching, Swami Dayananda has initiated and supported various philanthropic efforts. The All India Movement (AIM) for Seva, inaugurated in November, 2000, brings medical, educational, nutritional and infrastructure assistance to villagers in the remote areas of India. This movement enjoys the blessing of all traditional Hindu spiritual leaders who have united as a single body, the Acarya Sabha, through the coordinating efforts of Swami Dayananda. In November 2001, Swami Dayananda convened the first World Congress for the Preservation of Religious Diversity in Delhi, inaugurated by the Dalai Lama and the then Prime Minister Mr.A.B.Vajpayee. An important outcome of the Congress is the formation of a Global Commission for the Preservation of Religious Diversity, spearheaded by Swami Dayananda. The Commission had its inaugural meeting in Bangkok in June, 2002. Swami Dayananda was also active in forming and participating in the Women’s Global Peace Initiative, which convened at the United Nations in Geneva in October 2002.

Teachings

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Locations

Arsha Vidya Gurukulam Saylorsburg
Type: 
Ashram
Address: 
Arsha Vidya Gurukulam
5050 RR 5 (Old Route. 115),
Saylorsburg, PA 18353, USA
GPS co-ordinates : 40.888, -75.3133 (North, West respectively)
Phone: 
570-992-2339
Directions: 

The Gurukulam is located off PA Highway 33, which is accessed from the north via I-80 and from the south via I-78. Directions from major metropolitan centers are given below.

From New York/New Jersey via George Washington Bridge

Take I-80 W past Delaware Water Gap toll. Take PA exit 304 [Rt. 209/33S]. Stay on Rt. 33S to the Saylorsburg exit. Turn left at the stop sign. The Gurukulam is on the right, next to Saylorsburg Lumber Co. (Directly across from the Flea Market).

From New York/New Jersey via I-78 west

Take I-78 W to Rte. 33N towards Stroudsburg. Take the Saylorsburg exit. At the stop sign, turn right and at the next stop sign, turn left. The Gurukulam is on the right, next to Saylorsburg Lumber Co.(Directly across from the Flea Market).

From Philadelphia

From I-476 N to Lehigh Valley Exit# 56 to Rte. 22E to Rt. 33N towards Stroudsburg.Take the Saylorsburg exit. At the stop sign, turn right and at the next stop sign, turn left. The Gurukulam is on the right, next to Saylorsburg Lumber Co.(Directly across from the Flea Market).

From Harrisburg

Take I-78 East to Rt. 33N towards Stroudsburg. Take the Saylorsburg exit. At the stop sign, turn right and at the next stop sign, turn left. The Gurukulam is on the right, next to Saylorsburg Lumber Co.(Directly across from the Flea Market).

From Michigan/Ohio Area

Take I-80E to exit 302A [Rt. 33S/209S]. Stay on Rt. 33S to Saylorsburg exit. Turn left at stop sign. The Gurukulam is on the right, next to Saylorsburg Lumber Co.(Directly across from the Flea Market).

From Connecticut/Massachusetts Area

Take I-84W to exit 209S to I-80W to exit 304 [Rt. 209 /Rt. 33S]. Stay on Rte. 33S to Saylorsburg exit. Turn left, at the stop sign. The Gurukulam is on the right, next to Saylorsburg Lumber Co. (Directly across from the Flea Market).

From Washington/Baltimore Area

Take I-95N to I-476N [formerly N.E. Extension of PA Turnpike], to Lehigh Valley exit#56. Rt. 22E to Rt. 33N towards Stroudsburg. Take the Saylorsburg exit. At the stop sign, turn right and at the next stop sign, turn left. The Gurukulam is on the right, next to Saylorsburg Lumber Co.(Directly across from the Flea Market).

or

Take I-83N [York] to I-81N [Harrisburg] to I-78 East, to Rt. 33N towards Stroudsburg. Take the Saylorsburg exit. At the stop sign, turn right and at the next stop sign, turn left. The Gurukulam is on the right, next to Saylorsburg Lumber Co.(Directly across from the Flea Market).

From Delaware Area

Take I-95N to Rte. 202 or Rt. I-476N [formerly N.E. Extension of PA Turnpike] to Lehigh Valley exit#56. Rt. 22E to Rt. 33N towards Stroudsburg. Take the Saylorsburg exit. At the stop sign, turn right and at the next stop sign, turn left. The Gurukulam is on the right, next to Saylorsburg Lumber Co.(Directly across from the Flea Market).

Accomodation: 

On site accommodation available upon request.

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Books & Media

Recommended Audio: 
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Divine Verses Of The Bhagavad Gita

(Audio CD)

Swami Dayananda Saraswati is a Hindu monk in the tradition of Adi Shankara and Veda Vyas. He took Sannyasa in February of 1962, with the commitment to devote his life tot he study and communication of the teaching contained in the Upanishads. Swami Dayananda completed the traditional study of Vendata and Sanskrit under the private tutorship of Professor Veera Raghavacharya, Bangalore Sanskrit College; Swami Pranavananda, Gudiva; and Swami Tarananda, Kailasa Ashram, Rishi - Kesh. His studies which included rigorous training in the Upanishads, Brahamasutras, Sanskrit, and the Pan9ini-Sutras, began in 1953, when he listened to series of talks by Swami Chinmayananda in India for a number of years, while studying with various teachers.

Pro Opinions

Non controverisal religious head

santthosh kumaar's picture

Now days all the religious heads are surrounded with scandles and controversy but Swami Dayananda is a non-controversial religious head. A true incarnation of love.

lofty ideas

NIDHI PARKASH's picture

vedanta is expressed in different and different ways as per the understanding of its by the scholars.Saadhus try to tilt it towards renunciation while the persons of scientific outlook seek discrimina

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